2000 students from schools across Delhi who attempted to conduct the ‘world’s largest practical science lesson’ at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have entered the Guinness Book of World records.
Dressed in white lab-coats, 2000 students had streamed into a giant tent pitched in the administrative block at IIT-Delhi to take a shot at the world record for the largest number of students to conduct an experiment simultaneously at the same venue. The ‘lesson’ involved 40 schools from across the city.
During the experiment the students turned methylene blue “reddish brown” and they rapidly decomposed hydrogen peroxide to produce foamy ropes as a part of the Elephant’s toothpaste reaction.
The event was organised by NGO Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) as part of the festival at IIT, organised by the Ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. The record will be in VIBHA’S name.
Union Minister Smriti Irani said there are plans to have an even bigger ‘practical lesson’ in Delhi, in which students from across India will participate.